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A Good Sequel That Bows To Parents
The Turtles are back, and are still fighting crime after the Foot has fallen. However. The Shredder has also survived being crushed in a garbage truck, and is now out for revenge, going as far as to steal a canister of the ooze that mutated the four and creating his own mutants, Tokka and Rahzar. Now the turtles must stop the mad man, as well as find a new hideout and keep Keno, a pizza boy who saw them stop a mall robbery, out of danger.
So, yeah, this may not have done as well as its predecessor, but it is still liked. When the first film came out, parents complained about that one being too dark and violent (as it was released at a time when the TMNT brand was marketed to kids, with a popular animated series and a toyline making people forget about the original Mirage comics, which is what it was based on), so for this one, they decided to tone down the Turtles some. While that means they no longer have a potty mouth, it also forbids them from using their signature weapons (with the mall scene having them resort to using toys, leading Michelangelo's famous (or infamous, depending on your view) Combat Cold Cuts scene, which I found funny. Also, Casey Jones does not return due to the parent complaints, as he is replaced by Keno, a pizza delivery boy who witnesses the Turtles and tends to jump into fights that are not his. Also, we get Tokka and Rahzar, two mutants who were a baby turtle and wolf exposed to the ooze stolen by The Foot, who make formidable threats despite their age (as they actually manage to overpower the Turtles).
Despite the softened tone, there is still plenty of action. Keno, played by Ernie Reyes Jr., who was the suit actor for Donatello in the first film, actually proves he is a good actor, even going as far as to do a fight scene. Also, some characters have been recast (the most notable example being April, who is played by Paige Turco for this and the next film, replacing Judith Hoag), but they do a good job. The suits are still from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and the film starts with a screen dedicating the memory of Jim, who died before the movie was released.
There are some good stuff I like, like the mall fight, and even the Ninja Rap, but sadly, the film suffers from the fact that it bows to parents. Because the Turtles are no longer allowed to use their weapons to attack enemies, this results in them being stuck in traps that Leonardo can easily use his katana to cut them out of. Also, if you were disappointed at the final battle of the first film, chances are you will be disappointed here. But despite its mistakes, TMNT II: The Secret Of The Ooze is a good movie, despite it toning down the tone and violence, and is worth checking out.
Three Stars Mainly For Smash Mouth And Princess
Everything else about this film stinks. Tim Allen is known to be a comedian, but 2006 was not a good year, as this and his two other films for that year were not well received. This film, based on a book series, is nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the rise of superhero films. Tim's jokes in this are not funny, the story is slow to get to, and some of the CGI is bad. The only good things is the character of Princess being cute and Smash Mouth being part of the soundtrack.
The Secret of the Sword (1985)
For The Honor Of Love, By The Power Of Love
A movie that combines what would become the first five episodes of She-Ra: Princess Of Power, After a nightmare wakes the Sorceress up and she sees a Time Gate open, she summons Prince Adam and Cringer (who are secretly He-Man and Battlecat) to Castle Greyskull to go into the gate and deliver the Sword of Protection to a special someone. The gate leads the two into Etheria, a world that is under the evil rule of the Evil Horde, which is led by Hordak. However, the sword chooses Adora, Hordak's force captain, who is about to learn the truth of the group she is serving to the point where she becomes She-Ra.
Released as a finale to He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, this movie introduces us to Adora, a.k.a. She-Ra, and the world of Etheria and the heroes and villains who inhabit it. It has a good story where brother and sister are reunited, and the story is nice. Plus, this version has an awesome theme song. It's a good movie that introduced the world of the original She-Ra.
An Awesome PPV Where Mr. McMahon Shined
The 1999 Royal Rumble (with the subtitle No Chance In Hell, which is the title of Mr. McMahon's entrance theme) is WWE's twelfth annual Royal Rumble PPV, where the main event is a 30-man battle royale where the last man in the ring after the other 39 are thrown out is the winner and earns a title shot for the WWE Championship at the upcoming WresleMania. Basically, it's a good PPV, but only two matches stand out. The I Quit match between The Rock and Mankind and the Royal Rumble match, where Vince McMahon and Steve Austin were the first competitors. The Rock Vs. Mankind is a brutal match which would start a fued between the two when the following RAW revealed the I quit line was from a recording, and the Royal Rumble, while Mr. McMahon won, would set up the Rattlesnake's first WrestleMania meeting with the People's Champ of WWF. Sadly, the other matches are meh (especially Big Boss Man Vs. Road Dogg, which was too short and felt one-sided in favor for the Big Boss Man, who, at the time, was a part of The Corporation stable made by Mr. McMahon, and Gangrel Vs. X-Pac).
Pierce Brosnan Makes Bond's Return A Blast
After failing to stop the theft of the prototype Tiger helicopter, which leads to an abandoned radar station in Severnaya being attacked, the newly-appointed M sends him to investigate, as the Janus Syndicate has control of GoldenEye, an EMP weapon orbiting the earth. Now James must stop their leader, a man who was once an MI6 agent and thought killed during a mission nine years ago, from using GoldenEye to enact his revenge on Britain.
This movie came after a six year battle for the distribution rights between MGM and Danjaq. Because of this, the contract of Timothy Dalton (who played Bond in the last film before this) expired, and he declined to a new deal. As a result, 007 here is played by Pierce Brosnan (this being the first of four movies where he played the secret agent). Also replaced is M, who is now a woman played by Judi Dench, and Moneypenny is also recast.
The film's plot also takes advantage of the change in the political climate at the time. The first scene is a flashback that takes place in 1986, during the time of the Soviet Union, and the rest of the movie takes place in preset times, where it was dissolved. Thankfully, Bond is still as he is, not affected by the political correctness at the time (even when M calls him out for his behavior), which is good. Also, this is the first Bond film to use CGI, which is used in some places, and it looks so life-like, even if the technique was new at the time. With a good story, action, and the actors doing a good job, this is the Bond film that gave the franchise the revitalization it needed.
A Great Tribute To A Great Man
Jim Henson's muppets were always a joy to watch, and the world was saddened when he passed away in May of 1990, so a few months after this tragic loss, on November 21st, CBS preempted a show for the night to allow this one-hour tribute to air.
Here, Kermit is away traveling, putting Fozzie Bear and the others in charge of putting on a tribute show. A letter from Kermit informs them the tribute is for Jim Henson, and they don't know him, so a show is set up so they learn about his legacy and history. Throughout the special, we see Fozzie planning what he believes to be a horrible tribute, as in between, celebrities like Carol Burnette, John Denver, and even Steven Spielberg appear to narrate various points of Jim's career. With such narration, scenes from various works of Jim Henson are seen (which include Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street and films like The Dark Crystal and obscure TV shows like The Jim Henson Hour). The final number, sung when the Muppets learn of Jim's death, is empowering, as it has the Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock muppets join in. This is a powerful special telling of Jim Henson's life and career,
Dinosaurs: Changing Nature (1994)
A dark finale with a powerful message
Dinosaurs was a show I remembered from my childhood, and I never saw this as a kid, but seeing it now, I know it would have scarred me (and possibly cause my parents to complain to ABC). In this, it is day the bunch beetles return to Pangaea, however, they don't show up when expected. and it's because the swamp they go to has been replaced by a wax fruit factory built by WESAYSO, the company Earl works for, and the employees have sprayed the other bunch beetles, making one beetle, Steve, the last of his kind. This sadly leads to a series of events where Earl gets caught up in his boss' task force, with his actions triggering the start of the Ice Age which would end the dinosaurs.
So, yeah, this is a dark way to end the series. While this was not intended as the series finale, as the show had seven more episodes, it was made so when ABC (who aired the series as part of its TGIF lineup when it premiered in the early 1990's) decided to cancel the show due to its declining ratings. This results in the saddest ending ever, as every dinosaur is doomed to extinction (even Baby Sinclair, the character who was basically the comic relief). The show does not sugarcoat their fate, as sad music is used even for the end credits.
However, the reason it is well remembered by many is because they see this episode as a cautionary tale. What Earl did in the episode he did by order of his boss and the corporation, which led to the world ending, and his boss, B.P. Richford, is too blind to see it due to the fact he has made a lot of money from sales of heaters, blankets, and hot cocoa mixes from WESAYSO. This episode, despite its sad ending, hammers in a hard message about how we need to take care of the world for our children, and not leave the job to big corporations, if we, as a species, want to avoid the same fate as the dinosaurs.
The Lion King (2019)
Ruining A Classic Childhood Film
I am not going to lie. I like The Lion King as a child when I saw it in theaters back in the day. It was a heartwarming tale that also added some sad and comedic moments in. Unfortunately, The Lion King has become another addition to Disney's current addiction to taking their animated classics and remaking them in live action, and it had not been kind to it. The characters show no emotion, the remake does not add anything new to keep the story fresh (like most other remakes did), and while James Earl Jones did come back, he has no new lines and was mainly brought in for the sake of nostalgia. Plus, most of the scenes feel like they were taken from nature documentaries.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Good Movie That Takes The Turtles Back To Their Dark Roots
New York City is facing a baffling crime wave, and when news reporter April sees a theft in action, she almost gets robbed herself when some mysterious heroes cut the lights and subdue the thieves. However, as the police arrive, April snatches a sai left over from the struggle. The heroes she never saw: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the fight was their first battle ever. However, this would lead to the Turtles to confront the gang, The Foot, led by Shredder, when their sensei is captured.
So yeah, this may be an old film, but I prefer it over the 2014 abomination of the same name (you know, the one with Megan Fox playing April). When it was out in theaters, parents who took their kids were in for a shock, as they complained about the violence being more intense than the cartoon and the fact that Raphael taught them their first swear word (if they didn't hear it in the playground already). Yeah, this movie is based more on the original Mirage Comics that the four heroes in the half shell originated in (and let me tell you, those comics were not as kid-friendly as the cartoon it spawned), Thankfully, elements from the cartoon was also put in (such as the multi-colored bandanas and the Turtles' love for pizza) to keep the movie from being too dark, but the complaints would happen, and force Golden Harvest (the company who produced the film for New Line Cinema) to tone down the sequel.
Controversy aside, this movie gives the Turtles a lot more screen time. The suits were made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and actually do the Turtles justice (with Jim doing it despite the violent content as he is friends with the director, who was fired by New Line for making the film too dark). Those suits would always be better than those CGI abominations seen in the 2014 film, as they are more accurate to the Turtles of the cartoon (albeit without the belt buckles having the first letter of their name). Also, the actors and puppeteers do a good job, the story is good, and it is overall a good movie.
Teen Angel (1997)
A Show I Remember That Deserved Better
Ah, TGIF. As a kid, I grew up with that block, as it had some good shows like Family Matters, Dinosaurs, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and this show.
The story of this comedy has a dark scene for a family sitcom airing on a Friday Night block famous for airing shows the entire family will enjoy. Marty, the main character, dies after accepting a dare from his best friend, Steve, and eats a six-month-old burger. However, he meets a floating head, who reveals himself to be Rob, God's cousin, who states his extreme youth is why they're considering his admission to Heaven, however, Marty must prove himself worthy, as Rob has a mission for him, revealing his friend, Steve, is going through the worst time of his life. Other than losing his friend, his family is divorced and going through difficulties. So Marty's mission is to be Steve's guardian angel, which Marty accepts. And thus, the misadventures begin.
So, this series was created alongside You Wish (the show with the genie) in an attempt by ABC to capitalize on the success of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. So it follows almost the same formula, as episodes focus on Marty trying to use something powerful to help Steve in a situation he's facing, only to end up making things worst. One episode involves Marty finding out he can travel through time and uses said power to stop himself from eating the burger, resulting in Steve and his family eating it, while another focuses on Steve's sister taking a feather from Marty's wings, which grants wishes, with Marty having to seek guidance from Rob to set things right.
It was a good show with the same humor that made Sabrina a hit. Sadly, it never got the success the teenage witch enjoyed due to CBS launching the CBS Block Party (a block whose failure would create an audience fracture that, combined with other reasons, would lead to TGIF's demise), as well as Disney management, caused this rare gem of a show to end with one season making up 17 episodes. This is a good series that truly deserved better.
Fire Down Below (1957)
Good Cast, Boring Movie
While Fire Down Below had a good cast (like Rita Hayworth and Jack Lemmon), sadly, the film is boring. Nothing exciting ever happens until well into the second half of the film, as the first half is basically a slow romance part. Also, the story is boring, and some of the acting is dull.
Doom: Annihilation (2019)
Universal Gets It Wrong Again
After seeing this on Netflix, I have to agree this is so bad, it makes the original film look good. The main heroine, Lt. Joan Dark, is a bland heroine who fails to make as much of an impact that sci-fi heroines like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connors made. Also, the acting is horrible, the monsters and CGI make the movie look like it was made with a low budget, and the fact that Amy Manson made an infamous tweet insulting the legend that is the Doomguy, and I can see why id Software disavowed this space junk posing as a film. Avoid at all costs.
A Neat Adventure Title
When Hyperion employee Rhys, gets demoted by Hugo Vasquez, who becomes the new senior vice president by jettisoning the old one, Henderson, who promised the guy the promotion, he and his friend Vaughn overhears him making a deal to buy a Vault Key, and decides to go to Pandora to get it before he can. However, this would lead to a chain of events where Rhys teams up with Fiona, a pickpocket who made the key to scam Hyperion, resulting in an adventure where the two and their allies look for vault while on the run from Hugo.
Like almost any other game from Telltale Games, this is a story-driven game with QTEs and click-and-play elements. Like its other series, The Walking Dead, some parts of the story will actually change to reflect the decisions you make (i.e. actions done to NPCs or any environment will cause different dialogue to be said to reflect those actions). The game has five episodes, and during those episodes, you control Rhys at some parts of the episode (called chapters), while others, you control Fiona.
Each episode has a character who appears in the Borderlands game making an appearance (the first episode has Zer0, one of the playable characters from the second game, appear to help Rhys and Fiona, and Athena, an NPC from the first two games, who is playable in The Pre-Sequel, appears in the third episode), and the voice acting and graphics are amazing. This is one game I would highly recommend for those who like the Borderland series.
My Childhood Christmas Special
Growing up as a kid, this was my go-to Christmas special. Narrated by Sam The Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives), this tells the story of the iconic red-nosed reindeer, as he is treated as a misfit and goes on an adventure with Hermey The Elf, who wants to be a dentist instead of a toymaker, and Yukon Cornelius, prospector of the North, it starts his journey to going down in history. Also, there's an Abominable Snow Monster in the mix.
Yeah, this is a classic in my book. The stop motion puppetry is nice, and the characters are all good. The songs are pretty good, too. This story is a timeless classic, and is highly recommended (just be sure to get it on DVD so you can watch it complete with scenes CBS would remove to make room for commercials).
Twisted Metal 2: World Tour (1996)
A Good Improvement Over The First
Twisted Metal 2: World Tour (better known as just Twisted Metal 2) is a sequel that improves on the first. The story here is that one year after the first game, the city of Los Angeles has been reduced to rubble thanks to Calypso's Twisted Metal competition, and now. he is having trouble finding out where this year's will be held, as he has already chosen 14 of the world's best combat drivers to compete. Seeing the globe in his blimp, he decides the world would be his battleground this year, mentioning cities, Paris, Hong Kong, and even Antarctica as possible arenas And thus, the next Twisted Metal competition takes place in eight levels based on cities around the world, from the outskirts of Los Angeles, to the streets of Paris, to even the rooftops of New York City, where one winner will receive whatever his or her heart desires.
So, for this, the game does have some improvements. While the graphics are basically the same as its predecessor, a lot has changed. The levels are larger and have some interactions, some which open up new area (like the Paris level allowing you to destroy the Eiffel Tower, turning its top half into bridges to the rooftops where weapon pickups are placed). Also, the game has a good cast of characters, which include returning vehicles like Thumper, Hammerhead, and even Sweet Tooth (who is a hidden character) alongside new faces like Twister, a Formula 1 race car whose Special Weapon allows it to spin and form a tornado. Mr. Slam. a front loader construction vehicle who grab and slam opponents with the teeth of the loader, and Axel, a man strapped into a two-wheeled machine who can unleash a shockwave.
Weapon pick-ups have been redone. Other than the Fire Missile, Homing Missile, and Power Missile, we get new weapons like Remote Bombs, Napalm, Ricochet, and Lightning (which is used in few levels, but would be the influence of the Enviromental Weapon in Twisted Metal: Black). Also, the game introduces the concept of Advanced Attacks, which using a button combination, can do certain attacks like the Freeze Burst (which replaces the Freeze Missile of the last game for freezing opponents), as well as firing weapons from behind and jumping, at the cost of some of an energy meter that slowly recharges as the battle goes on.
With improved controls, a colorful cast of characters, and bigger and better levels, Twisted Metal 2 is a good improvement on its predecessor. A shame after this, SingleTrac would leave Sony, hence leaving 989 Studios to do the next games.
Prank Encounters (2019)
Well, duh, it's fake!
This is actually an okay prank show. I agree the acting is not good, but the scares are done perfectly well. And to the people who made reviews stating this show is fake: Well, duh. It's supposed to be fake. The show is called "Prank" Encounters, and if the stuff happening was real, not only would Netflix not stream it, but everyone involved would be arrested and awaiting trial for murder.
Sorry, had to get that off my chest. It's an okay prank show, and worth checking out.
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
A Frosty Movie I Like
I never liked the original Frosty The Snowman, as growing up, I was more into Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Frosty's Winter Wonderland, the first sequel, I have seen, and I like it.
So, the plot is sometime after the original, Frosty keeps his promise and comes back to visit all his friends after hearing about the first snow of the year. However, the snowman's popularity causes the jealousy of Jack Frost. After seeing his sadness, the kids make him a wife, Crystal, which does not come to life at first, but Frosty's love does the trick.
Now this is a special I recommend showing kids, not the horrible Frosty special from 2005. This still has the heart of the original, and it has a good voice cast, with Jackie Vernon reprising his role as Frosty and Andy Griffith playing the narrator of this story. Plus, the story has a good moral.
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
A Holiday Special That Will Never Happen
A Muppet Family Christmas is a neat classic that sadly has never been seen on home media nowadays due to legal issues.
In this, Kermit and the gang go to Grizzly Farm, as his mom is going somewhere warm on vacation, leaving the house to Doc and Sprocket (from Fraggle Rock). However, Miss Piggy is stuck in a photo session and is delayed. Other plot devices include a turkey trying to woo Camilla from Gonzo, and Swedish Chef trying to cook Big Bird.
Yes, this special brings all the Muppets under one roof. The Main Muppets (the Muppet group that appears in the Muppet Show), Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, even Muppet Babies gets a mention. And sadly, this is where a bulk of the legal issues occur. When this special was made, all these muppets were under one roof, but now, the Main Muppets are owned by Disney while the Sesame Street Muppets are owned by Sesame Workshop. The company owning the rights to Fraggle Rock is not known, but this, coupled with music issues that basically caused some scenes to be cut from home media release, means the special will likely never be released on home media in any form unless a Christmas miracle happened to get Disney and Sesame Workshop to cooperate.
However, this is actually a good heart-warming movie. The Muppets never fail to put a smile on my face, and to see all the Muppets from all the shows together for one Christmas special is a treat. It is hard to find on home media, but I recommend searching YouTube, especially for the uncut TV airing.
Christmas Comes To Eternia
As a fan of He-Man and She-Ra, I enjoyed this special. In it, Eternia is celebrating Prince Adam and Adora's birthday. and the heroes of Eternia are getting help from Etheria's Great Rebellion to get things set up, which is reminding Queen Marlena of Christmas (this is based on the original shows, where Queen Marlena is from Earth). Meanwhile, Prince Adam and Adora is called into action, transforming into He-Man and She-Ra when Orko gets caught launching Man-At-Arms' new Spy Eye, especially when Skeletor goes after it in his Collector. However, a magical mishap warps Orko and the Sky Spy to Earth, where the silly Trolla saves two kids from an avalanche. He brings them back to Eternia, and they bring Christmas to Eternia, which causes Horde Prime to order their kidnapping.
Yeah, this may be a cheesy Christmas special, but it's a good one. Just like every episode of the two series (He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power), there is plenty of action. Yep, even in a Christmas Special, Skeletor and Hordak are going to cause trouble for everyone. It still has the cheesy humor the shows are known for, and it has a good moral about the meaning of Christmas.
Holiday Septic Waste
When this film was made, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hype train was pretty much running on fumes. The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers would karate kick the mean green fighting machines off the top spot of kids' TV shows, and the third New Line movie would be met with negative response, as well as not make as much as the last two films. This was a dark time for the Turtles, as they would soon be put into something more horrible: two direct-to-video movies where they were attempting to be the next Barney.
Yes, in 1994, two videos, We Wish You A Turtle Christmas and Turtle Tunes, were released, and man, it was terrible. Taking the style of suit acting done in the New Line, these two films tried to take the once-great heroes in a half shell and turn them from crime fighters into preschool fodder. As such, these two videos are basically an attempt to make a quick buck off educational shows like Barney & Friends and Kidsongs.
In We Wish You A Turtles Christmas, the Turtles go topside realizing they never got a gift for Master Splinter. Along the way, they sing holiday songs modified to TMNT-themed. However, they are all done horribly. Leonardo singing a modified Deck The Halls in Jamaican style? Michelangelo singing a New York-themed parody of Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem? Yeah, get used to it, this is the majority of the special. Also, why are they walking around out in the open? Aren't they supposed to be hiding from the humans (including the kids they invite to their sewer lair)? This special has no respect for the source material.
The turtle suits are the flat out worst I have seen. You can easily see the straps on the sides of each turtle keeping the shell intact, and the faces are creepy, with those eyes and the mouths stuck on that creepy grin. Speaking of the mouths, they don't move then they should, which adds to the creepy factor. This is one of the worst things the TMNT franchise has spawned, and it should stand as the perfect example of how not to adapt a cartoon into one.
This Holiday Movie Is Not As It's Called
Yeah, I am not a fan of Alpha And Omega, but seeing as this is a Holiday movie, I had to watch this, and let me tell you, the sub-title is a lie. A horrible lie.
The plot has nothing to do with the holidays. Not Christmas, and not the other holidays like Hanukkah. Instead, the story is about Kate and Humphrey having to save Runt, the youngest of their three pups, from a group of rogue alpha wolves that is led by King, a wolf who is denied leadership by Winston, Kate's father. That is basically it. There are no Christmas songs (or songs about other holidays), no Santa. Only a couple mentions of Christmas, and one scene I won't reveal. Also, the jokes are hit-or-miss, with some crude humor and violence, and the animation looks ugly. Not the kind of holiday movie I would recommend to kids (it gets two stars mainly because of the voice acting being good for replacements).
Austin Is Back And Is Raunchier Than Ever
The Spy Who Shagged Me is the second Austin Powers movie, and it shows the International Man Of Mystery is back and raunchier than ever. However, Dr. Evil is also back, and he plans to go back in time to steal our hero's mojo. Now shagless, Austin is going back to the 1960's to get it back, and stop Dr. Evil, who is joined by a midget clone pf him named Mini-Me.
This film is a good example of how sequels should be. And it starts by taking the raunchy humor the original is known for up a notch. From the intro where Austin walks around a hotel naked. which leads to some sexual innuendos, you know they kept Austin true to the first film. Also, the film references some popular stuff at the time (like Dr. Evil appearing on The Jerry Springer Show and getting into a fight with another guest and even Jerry himself, which mirrors the controversy the talk show got into the year before with the guests fighting), However, it has a good story and lots of action and humor.
Twisted Metal (1995)
A Good Start
Yeah, while the first Twisted Metal may be inferior compared to the sequels it spawned (especially Twisted Metal 2: World Tour and even Twisted Metal: Black). However, back in the day, this was well received.
The story for this is on Christmas Eve 2005, Calypso holds his infamous Twisted Metal competition in the city of Los Angeles. The single-player mode has you fighting through six stages as one of the twelve selectable vehicles, from series icon Sweet Tooth to low rider Thumper to the forgotten Pit Viper. The first level, Arena Duel, starts you off easy, as it's a one-on-one fight, but future levels, based around locations in Los Angeles, has more opponents, with Assault on Cyburbia having a whopping eight opponents. The goal of the single player mode is to beat all the levels, as well as the final boss, Minion, who is the winner of the Twisted Metal before this game's.
The graphics were one of the many complaints critics had alongside the length of single-player mode, but this was released back when the PlayStation launched, I can overlook it, as back then, 3D graphics and polygon models were not perfected (as seen in games like the original Virtual Fighter, which was released in arcades two years prior to this game). Each vehicle is a different type, and has different strengths and weaknesses (Mr. Grimm has a power special weapon and high speed and handling, but low armor, and Warthog has high armor, but low speed). The controls are pretty good, as the d-pad allows movement of your vehicle and the shoulder buttons are used to switch and fire weapons as well as fire machine guns. There are a lot of weapon pick-ups in the game, some only appearing here (like the oil slick and spikes) while others would be reworked into Advanced Attacks used in the sequel (mainly the Rear Missile, Freeze Missile, and Catapult).
Sadly, the story and endings are all text. There were ending movies, but they were axed due to an employee being offended by the violence and sexual content (although Jaffe would later said they would have hurt Twisted Metal). However, it is a good game, as the single player campaign is fun, and there is a two player mode for you to take on a friend.
Timber Queen (1944)
Good Movie With Action And Humor
Timber Queen is an old movie from way before I was born that is good. Telling the story of a WWII veteran who decides to help a widow of a man he served protect the rights to the timerlands she inherited, it is a nice film with a good story and the actors all doing a good job. The film is more a comedy, but it does has some action scenes. This is a good movie to check out.
Okay, Abeit Flawed
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is a flawed attempt at reviving the green team after Power Rangers overshadowed it and became the popular children's heroes. Made by Saban Entertainment, the same company behind Power Rangers (and therefore, the company partly responsible for TMNT's downfall, other factors being the horrible third movie and the fact that the Turtle train ran out of steam, resulting in a drop in quality for the toys and cartoon), it's an okay attempt at a live-action Ninja Turtle series, but sadly, it is a flawed one.
The series is a loose continuation of the New Line films (therefore, we have the subway lair seen in the second and third film, and Splinter is still missing an ear). However, with this one, there is no April O'Neil or Casey Jones to be seen (although it's been said the two would appear had the series gained a second season). The heroes-in-a-half-shell are now 18-years-old in this show and are in for new adventures along with a new female Turtle, Mei Pieh Chi, a.k.a. Venus De Milo, a Shinobi apprentice (which in this show, Shinobi is another word for chi magician). Shredder is there, but only for the first two episodes, as he is defeated and replaced by a new villain named Dragon Lord, an evil dragon who leads The Rank, a group of dragons who were imprisoned by the ancestors of Venus' sensei, Chung I. Other villains used are all exclusive to this series, and that includes Silver, a yeti who is a crime boss, Dr. Quease, who is basically the show's Baxter Stockman, only he is into studying mutation, and Simon Bonesteel, a big game hunter who hunts and sells endangered species.
So, with this series, it is live-action with suit actors (like in the New Line films). However, the editing is poor, as you can see the suit actors missing stuff and a scene where Mikey accidentally touching Venus' chest in one episode due to the suits not giving much vision. Also, Saban make a lot of continuity mistakes in the series (like the controversial dialogue where Leonardo tells Venus the four Turtles we know and love are not really brothers). Plus Venus herself has been a controversial character. She is basically a fish out of water who uses "Shinobi magic" and her main thing is getting sayings wrong (like calling the Turtles' home a toilet and Raph correcting her that it's sewer).
Those flaws were enough to turn many TMNT fans away. The reason for its cancellation is conflicting, with official sources saying the ratings were not good, with another source saying Saban pulled the plug due to the show being expensive to produce and as Fox Kids did not own the TMNT franchise, they did not make any money from merchandise sales. From there on, the story continued online, however, when Kevin Eastman sold his share of the franchise to Peter Laird, Venus and all the other characters introduced would be erased and locked away, never to be used again (even as a joke, as Kevin Munroe would say in an interview for the 2007 TMNT film). While this is okay, the flaws do detract this show from being great, but I believe characters like Venus and Simon Bonesteel should be used in future series, especially if they were given improvements to fix the flaws this series showed.